Rival Crockpot Review: Rival 5 Quart Round Programmable Crockpot

rival-crockpotNow this I really like. A stockpot that is programmable so your meals can be ready when you are.

Having said that however, this may be the only positive as a good number of owners of this Rival crockpot weren’t too happy with the performance of this product.

But let’s take a look in more detail.

What We Like

  • This crockpot has a warming function so you can set it so that dinner is ready when you are.
  • It has a removable stoneware insert which makes for easy cleaning
  • A glass lid so you can easily see how your meal is cooking without having to remove the lid.
  • The stoneware crock and lid are dishwasher safe.
  • The warming function keeps food warm without overcooking it.
  • It looks good and the white color will fit in with any kitchen decor.

What We Don’t Like

  • A good majority of reviewers on the net have complained that the exterior of this crockpot gets extremely hot to the touch and that foods are often overcooked and burned. This may just be a matter of reducing the suggested times for meals to avoid overcooking.

Our Recommendation

This is a reasonably priced unit that has the basic functions necessary in a slow cooker but with the negative reviews I would pay the extra for the Rival 6qt Oval Crock Pot which has received a much better response from reviewers on the net. Or if you are a really serious about your slow cooking then we recommend the All Clad 6.5qt Slow Cooker.

Where Can I Get the Best Price?

We found the best price at Cooking.com


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  1. I really detest my Rival crockpot/slow cooker. I had an old Rival and when it was time to purchase a new slow cooker I immediately went out and bought another Rival. The new one sputters condensation all over my counters and since it sputters so hard the moisture makes it over the counter onto the floor. Whenever I use the unit I need to lay out paper towels around the unit to catch the droplets of water. Thinking that the unit was a manufacture defect I called Rival who was going to send me out a new unit but it was past the warranty period so I waited for a sale purchased another one and tried it out. Same problem. I called Rival back and another representative told me that the lid is now constructed so that steam & yes condensation could escape because they found that too much pressure was built up if the lid was tighter. The representative told me that she used foil to cover the top of the unit and then placed the lid on top of the foil. Well I tried that and the lid rattles more than before. Sometimes I feel the lid is going to blow. I’m not confident to leave the unit going while I’m away and when I remove the lid I have to be careful or will get burned by the steam. I’m wondering if anyone else out there is having the same problem. I’m not using the cooker because the lid rattles and spreads water/condensation/meat juices everyone and with the foil I would definitely not recommend that to anyone. It’s too dangerous. I would like to use a slow cooker but do not know which unit to buy to replace my Rival. Any hints out there?

  2. marie bezet says:

    please advise if you sell a crock pot that cooks from the sides and the bottom? T have heard these types are made and I am interested
    in obtaining one.

    Thank you.

  3. Becky,

    I too have experienced the same problems with BOTH of my Rival crock pots. Even on the low setting, the food boils, the codensation builds, and the lids sputters. I cannot cook anything while I am away because every recipe I have tried has been overcooked- even on the low/10 hour setting. I have tried to improvise by cooking on the “warm” setting instead for 8-10 hours, only to have food unevenly and undercooked. Very frustrated with this product. I do not understand how anyone could have a positive review. I may just have to invest in an expensive brand/model in order to achieve what I need a crock pot to do.. cook a good meal while I am work. I feel it defeats the purpose of “crock potting” if I have to be there to monitor the cooking process for fear of scalding food. 🙁

  4. I haven’t had a problem with overheating with my Rival, but the stonewear cracked. Whether it was user error or not…I still use it though.